South Whidbey track and field is hitting its stride and its marks after several top-flight performances at the Cascade Conference Championship meet May 7 in Shoreline.
The Falcon girls finished in third place, and the boys placed sixth.
Several Falcon athletes are among the top performers in the state 1A classification. Elizabeth Donnelly, a freshman, won the 800-meter race in 2:24.63 as the league’s champion and is second among 1A racers. Allie Vanbenschoten won the 300-meter hurdles in 47.86 seconds and has the fifth-fastest 1A time. Kristen Schuster, a senior, won the league’s discus title at 108 feet, 11 inches and is the top 1A District 1 hurler.
Freshman Sophia Nielsen won the long jump title in only her second time competing in the event this season. Her mark of 16 feet, 4 inches was nearly six inches better than the second-place mark by Maddie Nielsen of King’s.
South Whidbey’s 400-meter relay team of Anna Leski, Bailey Forsyth, Mikayla Hezel and Samantha Baldwin finished in 51.45 seconds for second place and holds the sixth-fastest 1A time. The same four girls placed third in the 800-meter relay in 1:49.87 and have the sixth-fastest 1A time.
A few Falcon finishes were good for second place. Tanner Lobdell ran the 400 meter in 50.76 seconds for second place, and he holds the second-fastest 1A time in the event. Cole Zink, a senior, finished second in the 800 in 2:03.57.
The Falcon boys 1,600-meter relay team of Cameron Lobdell, Evan Mellish, Zink and Tanner Lobdell finished in 3:32.82 for second place, currently the fifth-best 1A time.